You know how you’ll be standing there in Walmart, trying to figure out if you should really spend money on good, sturdy toothbrush holder? On the one hand, it’s not that much money, and it would be awfully nice to have a place (besides the toilet, I mean) for your kids to put all those toothbrushes.
On the other hand, with that money, you could buy a steak. A big, lovely, juicy steak. And when you look at a toothbrush holder in steak dollars, suddenly it doesn’t look like such a bargain. So you put it back, and then when you go to the supermarket, you spend that money on a big, lovely, juice. . . tray of chopmeat. Because at heart, you are a cheapskate and will never change.
But still, the general principle is there: how we spend our money shows what is important to us. And, if you milk it really hard, there is a spiritual dimension to this idea!